Track Gets Dedicated Next Friday

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The new all-weather, artificial surface track at Payson High School was to be officially dedicated Sept. 6 during halftime ceremonies of a football game against St. Johns.

For a variety of reasons including bad weather, that dedication was postponed.

Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley announced this week that the dedication has been rescheduled for halftime of the Sept. 27 game against visiting Tuba City.

During the dedication, Bradley and announcer Ted Pettet will provide a brief history of the project and recognize those who contributed to its completion, including the Stadium Committee.

For those of you who have yet to walk, jog or run on the new track, it's a startling contrast to the old dirt surface.

Why did they leave?

When Holbrook opted out of the East division two years ago to play in the North, speculation was that the Roadrunners were tired of getting beat up in football by the rugged beasts of the East.

For several seasons, the Roadrunners had been region doormats and in the process lost by lopsided scores to Blue Ridge, Snowflake, Payson and even Show Low.

In the North, the Roadrunners face much lesser football foes.

After moving to the North, Holbrook continued to keep some East foes on its football schedule including Payson.

That seemed strange, considering Holbrook appeared to be trying to shake itself from play in the East. Of course, any losses to East teams that Holbrook suffers do not affect the region standings or berths into the state playoffs.

With Holbrook out of the mix, the East now sports only six teams. The South has nine and the West and North feature eight teams.

Payson's game this evening will measure whether Holbrook, if it had stayed in the East, would have continued to be a doormat.

The East has long had football bragging rights over the other three regions. Tonight, the Longhorns are hoping to keep that legacy alive.

Youth campaign under way

Action in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association has been hot and heavy the past two weeks. In play involving Payson teams on Sept. 7 in Camp Verde, scores were:

Mighty Mites

Payson Bears 20 vs. Bagdad Cobras 6

Payson Buccaneers 30 vs. Wickenburg Wranglers 0

Minors

Bagdad Razorbacks 18 vs. Payson Cowboys 13

Wickenburg Wranglers 6 vs. Payson Titans 0

Majors

Payson Raiders 8 vs. Chino Valley Titans 0

On Sept. 14 in Payson, scores were:

Mighty Mites

Payson Bears 20 vs. Cottonwood Seahawks 12

Payson Buccaneers 30 vs. Cottonwood Dolphins 14

Minors

Payson Titans 14 vs. Big Bug Lions 6

Cottonwood Titans 24 vs. Payson Cowboys 0

Majors

Payson Raiders 42 vs. Cottonwood Chiefs 18

Big Bug Rangers 6 vs. Payson Eagles 0

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